Network administrators use the “aaa session-id” command to indicate whether the same session ID will be used for each AAA accounting service type within a call or whether a different session ID will be assigned to each accounting service type.


In other words, CCNA’s (like you) use the command to tell a router to store or not to store its first session ID request of a call in a common database; if the first session ID is stored, then all proceeding session ID requests will retrieve the value of the first session ID. (This is the router’s default behavior).

And, if the first session ID is not stored, then the session ID in the access-request will be the same as the session ID in the accounting request for the same service; all other services (Auth-Proxy, Exec, Network, Command, System, Connection, and Resource) will provide unique session IDs for the same call.

Below is the command’s syntax:

aaa session-id [common | unique]

As you can see, you can use either the “command” keyword or the “unique” keyword with the command.

common – This (optional) keyword is used to make sure that all session identification (ID) information that is sent out for a given call is identical. Remember, even if you don’t configure a router using the “common” keyword, the router will perform this way by default. So, in actuality; if you were to type the command no aaa session-id common on a router it wouldn’t have any effect. 

unique – And, this (optional) keyword is used to make sure that only the corresponding service access-requests and accounting-requests will maintain a common session ID.

Note: Accounting-requests for each service will have a different session ID.


Below is an example of the command being used:


Router#configure terminal

Router(config)#aaa model

Router(config)#aaa authentication ppp default group radius

Router(config)#radius-server host

Router(config)#radius-server attribute 44 include-in-access-req

Router(config)#aaa session-id unique


In the example above, the router is being configured to use unique session IDs.

Now in order to return a router back to its default behavior, all you have to do is type the word “no” in front of the command like you see below:

Router(config)#no aaa session-id unique

By the way, if you decide to use the command, make sure your router(s) is running Cisco IOS 12.2(8)T or higher.

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